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20 Best 3D Printing Software Tools (All Are Free) | All3DP

20 Best 3D Printing Software Tools (All Are Free) | All3DP | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
his article is about finding the best 3D printing software for every stage of your workflow. Which 3D printing software is best for preparing 3D models to print? How about designing 3D models from scratch? What if you’re an absolute beginner?

Have no fear, we’ve answered all of these questions, together with information on proficiency levels and where they can be downloaded. And the best thing is that all of them are either totally or free for students, educators and open source projects.

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This is media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in the water.  Check out our weekly blog!  
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Air & Aquatic Robot Research Blog

Air & Aquatic Robot Research Blog | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
CSUCI's unmanned systems research team blog
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Welcome to our curation page for PIRatE Lab's "AARR" work to better integrate cheap robotic technology into coastal monitoring and resource management.  Our consortium of faculty, professionals, and students are developing new tools to assess the health of our ecosystems and effectiveness of our management efforts in the coastal zone.  In addition of developing these instruments themselves, we are focused on developing and training the next generation of coastal scientists who will be professional, responsible  and adept users of these technologies.

 

Herein we collect a range of stories about:

 

- design, construction & operation of aerial & aquatic robots

- the future of unmanned & autonomous platforms

- examples of the application of these robots

- open source technologies

- the burgeoning maker space movement (a key tech driver)

- organizations supporting or promoting use of UAVs & ROVs

- efforts to professionalize Remotely Piloted Systems

- legal issues surrounding UAVs (aka drones)

- the wider impacts of UAV and ROV systems on our society

 

A few quick acronyms we often slip into:

 

AUV: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicle

RPS: Remotely Piloted Systems

UAS: Unmanned Aerial System

UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (aka "drones")

 

ESRM: Environmental Science and Resource Management

CSUCI: California State Univeristy Channel Islands

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Sky Solutions Defines What Profitable Drone Services Should Look Like

Sky Solutions Defines What Profitable Drone Services Should Look Like | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Sky Solutions, based in Mexico City, is one of the companies that has done just that with their unique approach to DaaS (Drones as a Service).
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College students may be building the army's next UAV

College students may be building the army's next UAV | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The defense sector has long used university brainpower. Now the next generation of combat UAVs is being sourced from campus brainiacs.
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Free webinar: How can surveillance drones help secure oil fields against security threats?

Free webinar: How can surveillance drones help secure oil fields against security threats? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Surveillance drones can help secure oil fields against sabotage, theft and kidnapping which are persistent threats for major oil companies operating in remote and hostile areas...
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Drones hit 2 Saudi Aramco oil facilities, causes fires

Drone attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels have caused fires at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant. Citing an...
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Saudi Arabia: major fire at world's largest oil refinery after drone attack

Drones attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early on Saturday, the kingdom's in...
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Drones safeguard oil fields against security threats and revenue loss

Drones safeguard oil fields against security threats and revenue loss | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest conventional onshore reserve discoveries are in remote and hostile areas, creating a need to improve security and safety procedures.
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Why industry is going green on the quiet | Science | The Guardian

Why industry is going green on the quiet | Science | The Guardian | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
‘Secret sustainability’ is on the rise, with companies loath to talk about their ecological credentials. Why?
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It's Drone Vs. Raven as Scientists Fight to Save the Threatened Desert Tortoise

It's Drone Vs. Raven as Scientists Fight to Save the Threatened Desert Tortoise | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Tim Shields spends a lot of time in the Mojave Desert. Sometimes, he camps out there for weeks at a time. As a desert biologist for nearly 40 years now, Shields doesn’t mind the extreme high and low temperatures that the California desert presents. He’d rather gaze at the desert night sky than a dull hotel room ceiling fan.
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Austrian Airlines Is Flying a Drone Around Its Planes for a Good Reason

Austrian Airlines Is Flying a Drone Around Its Planes for a Good Reason | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Austrian Airlines is using an advanced drone to inspect its passenger aircraft for structural issues and paint damage. The drone reduces the workload for the airline’s technicians and speeds up the inspection process dramatically. If the current trial is successful, the system could be used on a permanent basis.
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U.S. University Teams: Build the Army's Next Generation Drone in the FirePoint C3 Challenge

U.S. University Teams: Build the Army's Next Generation Drone in the FirePoint C3 Challenge | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
FirePoint C3 Challenge Invites Student Teams to Submit Their Best Designs to Build the Army’s Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle & Win $35,000 University Teams Can Register Now for Converge/C
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China drone attack on crop-eating ‘monster’ shows 98% kill rate | IOL Business Report

China drone attack on crop-eating ‘monster’ shows 98% kill rate | IOL Business Report | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%.
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Little Ripper deploys croc-spotting AI drones

Little Ripper deploys croc-spotting AI drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
To help keep beachgoers safe from crocodiles in the water and on land.
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'Drone' attack on Saudis destabilises an already volatile region

'Drone' attack on Saudis destabilises an already volatile region | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The US is sending mixed messages to Tehran, leaving it unclear who has the upper hand.
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I thought this was extremely interesting because this drone attack caused the price of oil to go up. When the price of oil goes up in the USA. This affects the world economy because of the buying power of the USA. The huthies claimed responsibility but the secretary of state says Iran did it. However, he made these claims before he received any evidence. This attack was not detected by the Saudi Arabian air defense system. If drones are going to be used in warfare the air defense system will need to be upgraded. This could affect hobbiest flying drones s well as people using drones for other purposes. 
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'Firework' Drones Swarm the Sky, Setting New World Record

'Firework' Drones Swarm the Sky, Setting New World Record | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Intel launched 500 of its "Shooting Stars," small quadcopters outfitted with LED lights, as part of the company's fake-fireworks drone program.
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An Aussie couple is locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight

An Aussie couple is locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An Aussie couple has been locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight earlier this year. The couple along with another woman is looking a
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London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace

London's Heathrow Airport appears to have worked out how to jam drone signals to stop climate-change protesters from shutting down its airspace | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A video posted by the campaign group Heathrow Pause shows activists about to launch drones near the West London airport. But when they try, none work.
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U.S. accuses Iran of launching drone strikes against Saudi Arabian oil plant

The U.S. is accusing Iran of an attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil plants, after multiple drones bombed production fields. The attack destroyed the source ...
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Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes

Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of the Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down half its crude production on Saturday, people familiar with the matter said, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies.
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Water-Landing Drones Routinely Fly BVLOS Missions Over Marine Reserve – Case Study – UAS VISION

Water-Landing Drones Routinely Fly BVLOS Missions Over Marine Reserve – Case Study – UAS VISION | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a work lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association.  The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward conservation efforts. The Turneffe marine protected area (MPA) in Belize, was delineated in 2012, but is difficult to manage, in part due to illegal fishing, its remoteness, and high running costs. The water-landing and waterproof fixed-wing, long range, multi camera drones were trialled to monitor and survey marine megafauna (such as turtles, dolphins and sharks) but also as an exercise to gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). ” The amphibious drone was able to fly to the site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very quickly. The images highlighted that indeed illegal building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation”, states one of the conservation officers. The current enforcement strategy on the Turneffe atoll involves patrols in small boats, around the atoll, to find illegal fishers. Systematic surveys for megafauna aren’t regularly carried out, so the conservation officers tend to document animals they happen across on their patrol. However, boat fuel is very costly, and this limits the amount of area the conservation officers can patrol. The drones proved to a be an exceptional low-cost solution to these challenges.  The conservation team found the front live-link HD camera an exceptional revelation, especially since they were immediately able to spot a diving boat on the LCD screen, that they could barely see from land. The UAV can fly for up to one and half hours, which, flying at 62kph, is a considerable distance and area potentially covered for surveillance. The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials, average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km.  The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km. BVLOS was tested in a scenario where the conservation officers particularly wanted to scope out a development site several kilometres away across a large bay in order to detect any infringement of their building contract. The amphibious drone was able to fly to the site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very quickly. The images & video recorded highlighted that indeed illegal building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation “We now have the tool we need to see further and faster than before. No one will see us coming!”, Maurice, a conservation officer reported. “The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials, average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km.  The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km.” Whilst the UAV flies, the 20mp nadir camera takes 5 images per second, or stunning HD film and the front camera, which can be panned left to right, films and records a live stream, allowing the conservation officers and us, to see what’s out there, in real time, on an LCD screen back at the ground station. Although the drones normally fly on pre-designed routes in auto mode, switching to “assisted mode” to investigate something of interest, is no problem. This kind of flexibility means that if fishers are found in the wrong place, the drones can be steered quickly to get closer pictures of them or loiter around the point of interest at the desired altitude to keep a constant eye in the sky, or if dolphins are spotted for example, the drones can be redirected to take a closer look and use the images to estimate the numbers of the population in the area. Mapping of habitats, using the nadir camera was also possible. Some areas of coral reef and seagrass beds were mapped using Agisoft Metashape.  Several static launches of the UAV from a small, moving skiff were successfully performed, which is something that is unheard of for a fixed wing – long range amphibious unmanned aircraft. This is a tremendously important, and previously unknown ability of the UAV, as it now means that the conservation officers can steam to an area where a beach for launching may not exist (very common in mangrove forests), and simply launch from the boat, then land on the water besides the skiff once the mission is completed. This way, no-where the atoll is out of reach for the conservation team. Impressive geo-referenced images of turtles, sharks, eagle rays, manatees and birds were gathered during the surveys. A variety of habitats were captured, and to identify environmental issues, such as accumulation of plastic debris, and of sargassum seaweed which can cause deoxygenation of the water and block out sunlight. Data was used to build a spatial picture of how the atoll is used, be it by fishers or fauna, i.e. how the animals use different habitats and when, and when and where fishers are acting with impunity. The results and conclusions can feed directly into planning where marine protected zones are placed. Previously, information on fish abundances would be collected from by-catch on fishing vessels. Since the Turneffe Atoll is a protected area, you can’t rely on catch data anymore- this is where the drones really come into their own as a non-invasive and efficient tool for surveying. The scientists leading the expedition stated that having a UAV which can easily land on the ocean, safely, and be flown again in moments, is an exceptionally valuable tool. Likewise, the conservation officers in the Turneffe Atoll are adamant that a UAV like the ones trialled, will become an essential part of their patrolling and enforcement strategy, which will ultimately lead to increased biodiversity in the area. Read the full report Case Study and Technical Report here:   Source: Press Release Download article as PDF
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Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands | BBJ Today | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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This is a great way how drones can help with forest restoration after wildfires. The drones can plant 150 times faster the number of seedlings as compared to an experienced tree planter. The drones can also find spots on the ground that will be better conditions for the seedlings to grow. The drones do this by using mapping data and swarms of drones to replant target areas within hours.

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Vaccines delivered to Congo via drone

Vaccines delivered to Congo via drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.
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In the village of Widjifake in Congo, vaccines are being delivered via drone. The drone used was able to reach the village in just 20 minutes, a trip that usually takes 3 hours by car. On the return trip the drone brings back lab samples and medical forms. Four round-trips were completed in one day, delivering 3 months of medical supplies, with fifty more trips scheduled over the next 5 days.
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Drones could help overcome the poor transport infrastructure in Africa | IOL Business Report

Drones could help overcome the poor transport infrastructure in Africa | IOL Business Report | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Drones could help to overcome poor transport infrastructure, as only one-third of Africans live within 2 kilometers of an all-weather road.
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Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday - Reuters

Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday - Reuters | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow airport with drones on Friday morning, despite the arrest of five of their members in a pre-emptive strike by London police.
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Activists are trying to pressure the government to take action on carbon emissions, Heathrow has called the planned interruption "counter-productive and criminal".
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Stratospheric Solar-Powered UAV Receives NASA Approval for Test Flight

Stratospheric Solar-Powered UAV Receives NASA Approval for Test Flight | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
HAPSMobile, a developer of high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) technologies, has announced that it has received a limited flight release from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review …...
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Drones warning over breeding seals in Pembrokeshire

Drones warning over breeding seals in Pembrokeshire | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Experts say the animals become agitated and go into the water, which could lead to them not returning.
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